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ANC dismisses EFF Nkandla attack claims

The ANC says it never had a problem with the EFF handing over a house to a family in Nkandla.

The ANC dismissed claims its members attacked EFF members in Nkadla on Saturday 14 January 2014 during a handover ceremony. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it never had a problem with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) handing over a house to a family in Nkandla.

Nkandla near President Jacob Zuma's home and the ruling party's dismissed claims its members attacked the red berets.

Police arrested 30 people on Saturday after the two parties clashed.

EFF leader Julius Malema visited the area for a special handover ceremony.

His party claims a group of ANC members threw stones at their members as they are bitter about their successful campaign to upgrade a house for a family that lives close to Zuma's expensive homestead.

The ANC's Siboniso Xulu says they have no problem with the EFF assisting people in the region.

"The EFF first came to Nkandla and approached the family. They went again to introduce the company, why didn't we stop them then.

"As of now when the community is stopping them then they associating it with the ANC. We have never at any stage had a problem with them doing that."

On Saturday Police had to fire rubber bullets and use a water cannon and tear gas against a group of people believed to be ANC members after throwing stones at the police and EFF supporters.

There were also reports of ANC members blocking a road to prevent EFF leader Julius Malema from entering the area.

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